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Entry Requirements

You need to be certain that you have all the paperwork you need to travel which makes this section highly important when you visit Bhutan. Customer representatives of tour packages can help you out on any issues you might have through their excellent customer service.

For Indian

Indians need a travel permit which is issued against passport but not a tourist visa.

Permits

Entry Permits

  • This document is obtained when you enter Bhutan, at Paro airport or Phuentsholing, depending on your mode of travel. It is not possible to make this entry permit beforehand since you need to be physically present at the immigration desk. Moreover, you can use it to visit both Thimphu and Paro. If you have any questions, representatives of your tour operator can make sure you know all the details and any special requirements that might be applicable for your country.

Route Permit

  • If you intend to visit regions beyond Thimphu and Paro (Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang are some examples), you need a route permit. To obtain it, you need to produce a passport copy or alternatively you can show your Voter identity. This way, you are able to get your route permit in advance. To make this route permit, you need to visit Thimphu and you can get it done only during the working days. The timings are between 9-11 AM.

Travel Documents

  • Indian passport or Voters card: this is essential if you are 18 or above. Also, a passport must be valid for 6 months at least.
  • For all children below 5, a birth certificate should be attached to the application
  • For any older child (6 – 17), a school ID is sufficient.
  • 4 Passport size photos for each visitor.

Arriving by air

When you collect the boarding passes, two forms will be provided when you depart and one when you arrive. Representatives of your tour operator can provide you any other details that might apply to your case depending on the type of passport and your travel plans. These tour operators have years of experience dealing with all kinds of cases and hence, they are usually excellent at helping everyone out.

  • Blue Form is the Embarkation - Disembarkation Card which is filled and submitted at the counter. The officer will keep the disembarkation form but make sure you receive the embarkation section since it will be required when you exit Bhutan.
  • Yellow Form is the Immigration form which must be submitted when you enter Bhutan, at the immigration desk.

Entry Permit:

  • If you hold a valid passport, this is stamped on it. Make sure you have your passport with you when you travel within Bhutan. Similarly, to leave Bhutan, the exit permit has to be stamped on it.
  • Voter ID: Separate papers will be obtained for your entry permit which must be safely kept and carried with you when you travel in Bhutan. In fact, to be on the safe side, a photocopy of this document should be made. In fact, to be on the safe side, a photocopy of this document should be made and used when travelling and the original stored in a safe location, for example at the hotel where you are staying.

This document is very important because if you plan to visit other places beyond Paro or Thimphu then you need to show this permit to make a pink permit that will grant you the permission to travel to other places within Bhutan. While the tour operators do advise you, it is still important to make sure you have all the information and instructions you need to follow when you visit Bhutan.

Depart by air

You will be provided with 2 forms in addition to your boarding passes when you decide to engage in Bhutan travel. Bhutan tourism sites usually have these details.

  • Blue Form signifies your declaration that you are indeed leaving Bhutan. This has to be filled and submitted at an immigration desk along with the original entry document as well as the Embarkation card that was supplied to you when you entered Bhutan. The purpose of Declaration form is to state that no prohibited items are being carried out of Bhutan.
  • Yellow form is an Immigration document that you need to submit at an immigration desk once you arrive at the corresponding disembarkation port such as Bagdogra, Delhi or Kolkata. This document signifies a declaration made by you concerning the items carried on your flight. This includes the checked in luggage as well as hand bags and duty free products.
  • Entry Permit which was received when you entered Bhutan needs to be shown and you cannot leave without submitting the original copy.

Entering by land

Entry permits are provided at Phuentsholing only during working days, that is, from Monday to Friday. Also note that immigration offices are closed during national Bhutan holidays.

  • Physical presence is a must to receive this document. You can go with your driver or guide to obtain it.
  • These permits are given as a paper document if you travel by land. If you make an inner point type of connection, you need this document, therefore, carry it with you all the time.

Exit Bhutan by land

The original permit for entry has to be given back to, Karbandi, the immigration office which is very close to Phuentsholing. Tour operators usually make sure you are able to access their offices without any hassle.